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What is Enamel Cookware?

Medha Godbole Jul 14, 2019
Kitchens these days cannot be complete sans enamel cookware. To know more about this type of cookware, read on ...
Primarily, enamel cookware comes in two varieties―enamel on steel and enameled cast iron. Simply put, enamel is a non-reactive, non-stick coating on the top of a metal like steel or cast iron.
The coating gives it a shiny and colored surface. This coating prevents the basic metal from leaking into the food. It also ensures that the cookware is easily cleaned. Also, easy food release and good heat retention are two basic advantages of enamel cookware.

Safety Considerations

Although they are FDA approved, there are a few things which have to be taken care of while using enamel coated utensils. To begin with, once you are done with cooking in these utensils, let them cool down thoroughly before washing.
Drastic and fast temperature changes while using these products can lead to cracks in the enamel, which will allow the base metal to get a way into your food. While cleaning, make sure you use a synthetic scouring pad, rather than steel, wool, or other abrasive cleaners.
The latter can scratch the enamel and damage it. If you are using steel enamel, avoid using them on a steel pot or in the microwave. Initially, there was an issue with the usage of lead and cadmium, as these may turn out to be toxic.
Now, however, these substances are hardly used. To avoid damage to the cookware as a result of the heat, always cook the food on medium heat. If these utensils are used carefully and are not subject to harsh treatment, they prove to be very durable.

Enamel Cookware Repair

To repair enamel cookware, you will need a food grade enamel repair kit, fine grit sanding paper, and a small paint brush. Right before you try and repair the cookware, you will have to clean it thoroughly; cast iron has a tendency to rust. 
After you clean the utensils, let them dry completely before you start working on them. To repair chipped enamel, mix the paint available in the kit, evenly apply a layer on the chipped part, and let it dry.
The enamel will dry and harden in sometime, depending on the size you are working on. Once the enamel is completely dry, sand the area in a firm, circular motion. Now, clean the utensil again and let it dry.
According to most reviews, cast iron enamel cookware is a better option. If you take proper care of this type of cookware, it will definitely 'serve' you for a very long time.